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    who's caring for the caregiver?

    The feeling of empathy which is a key component to a therapeutic relationship with a client and family can become overwhelming in a field that demands strength and resiliency. Working with cancer patients challenges the oncology nurse with a variety of difficult issues, from ethical concerns and palliative care, to intense interactions with patients and families to intricate treatments and end of life decisions. The consequence of this constant expenditure of empathy is called compassion fatigue, literally caring until it hurts. Compassion fatigue, a stress response that is sudden and acute has been defined as a physical, emotional and spiritual fatigue or exhaustion that takes over a person and causes a decline in his/her ability to experience joy or care for others. If not recognized and treated, compassion fatigue can interfere with the ability to give quality nursing care that is safe and effective, can cause physical and emotional exhaustion, and result in depersonalization and ultimately burnout. The purpose of this study is to examine the ability of the oncology nurse to recognize compassion fatigue and to examine the organizational support systems available to the inpatient and outpatient oncology nurse. This study is supported by the humanistic theory of Paterson & Zderad and Baston's social psychology theory, the empathy altruism hypothesis. The relationship of compassion fatigue and stress is supported by the work of Lazarus and Folkman. A descriptive and correlational survey will be used by distributing a self-completed survey to ~30 oncology nurses at a local chapter meeting of ONS. Inpatient and outpatient oncology nurses at a community based hospital will be asked to participate in the study. The measure will be the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL): Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout and Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma Scale by Stamm (1997-2005). Demographics will be collected to establish field of practice and availability of... [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Oncology Nursing Forum is the property of Oncology Nursing Society and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)Author Affiliations:1University Medical Center, Princeton, Princeton, NJ
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    no problem. i got it out of an article in my college's data base and thought it might be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cali View Post
    ......... Compassion fatigue, a stress response that is sudden and acute has been defined as a physical, emotional and spiritual fatigue or exhaustion that takes over a person and causes a decline in his/her ability to experience joy or care for others. If not recognized and treated, compassion fatigue can interfere with the ability to give quality nursing care that is safe and effective, can cause physical and emotional exhaustion, and result in depersonalization and ultimately burnout. ..........
    Wow .. thanks Cali lou for this article! I've wondered about this idea .... I fear it's the danger we risk when caring for a significant other ... sometimes love just isn't enough and I have a feeling there is alot of us beating ourselves up about this.

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    no problem, bud!
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